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Southampton striker Austin out for up to four months
December 12, 2016 / 3:23 AM / a year ago

Southampton striker Austin out for up to four months

LONDON (Reuters) - Southampton striker Charlie Austin is set to have an operation on a dislocated shoulder and will be sidelined for up to four months, manager Claude Puel said on Sunday.

Britain Soccer Football - Southampton v Hapoel Be'er Sheva - UEFA Europa League Group Stage - Group K - St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, England - 8/12/16 Southampton's Charlie Austin is substituted after sustaining an injury Reuters / Hannah McKay Livepic

Austin, Southampton’s top scorer this season with nine goals in all competitions, missed Sunday’s 1-0 Premier League win over Middlesbrough after being injured in Thursday’s 1-1 Europa League draw with Hapoel Beer-Sheva.

“He needs surgery and will be perhaps between three months and four months [out],” Puel told reporters.

Austin, 27, has been a key figure at the club since joining from Queens Park Rangers in January for a transfer fee of four million pounds ($5.02 million).

Southampton’s home victory over fifth from bottom Middlesbrough lifted Puel’s side to 10th in the table.

($1 = 0.7962 pounds)

Reporting by Neil Robinson; Editing by Tony Jimenez

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